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Panel of Climate Leaders announced for Evening Gathering

We are delighted to announce the chair and panel of climate leaders for the Evening Community Climate Gathering on 6 November.

The Evening Community Climate Gathering will blend networking opportunities with tasty low carbon Scottish food. There will also be thought-provoking short films which will be discussed by our panel. Input from the floor will be welcomed.

The event takes place from 17.00-20.00, 6 November 2019, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Find out more here.

The discussion panel is formed from climate leaders inside and beyond the Climate Challenge Fund community.

Panel chair - Graeme Dickson, Charity Trustee, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Graeme began his career as a geophysicist in the oil industry.  He then worked for many years as  an official in HM Treasury and as a senior civil servant the Scottish Government.

He was Director General Enterprise, Environment and Innovation in the Scottish Government until May 2016. He then took the opportunity to follow his passion for energy and the environment and return to the University of Edinburgh to study their award-winning MSc in Carbon Management

Graeme has a strong interest in Scotland’s future decarbonisation and the transition to a low-, and zero-, carbon economy and society. He is a Tustee of Keep Scotland Beautiful who run the CCF for the Scottish Government.

Panel members:

Kat Jones, Coalition Manager, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.

Kat started at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in September.  Previously she worked with RSPB Scotland where she led on people-facing work, including media and comms, membership and fundraising, visitor experience and education.  She has also worked for Patrick Harvie MSP and, before that, spent a decade with Scottish Natural Heritage. Kat has a PhD on breeding behaviour of the, much-maligned, lesser black-backed gull and enjoys calling for her ceilidh band, when she gets the time.

Susie Townend, Head of Climate Change Policy Unit, Scottish Government.

Susie began working for DFID on community forestry projects in India and Zimbabwe before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her early diplomatic career was spent working on African and economic issues. In 2014 she moved to Berlin to lead the team working on energy and climate change in the British Embassy. Susie currently heads the Climate Change Policy Unit at the Scottish Government. In addition to the team managing the CCF, her unit is also responsible for the Scottish Government’s public engagement strategy, which includes the team responsible for the Big Climate Conversation.

Osbert Lancaster, Director, Natural Change project.

Osbert is a facilitator of sustainability-related events and a consultant on green behaviour change. He draws on 20 years of working with inspiring thinkers and innovators in government agencies, community groups, businesses, universities and NGOs. Osbert has been an Honorary Fellow at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh and a member of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and WWF Scotland’s advisory council. Fascinated by the edge where sea and land meet, he enjoys building, sailing and rowing small boats. He lives a short walk from the beach in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Eva Schonveld – Action Researcher.

Eva has spent the last 15 years working in climate action. She helped start a Transition initiative in her home area of Portobello and set up Transition Scotland with a CCF grant. Eva is currently helping to start an energy project in Portobello and working with SCCAN to get people from different sectors in Scotland talking to one another about taking more radical action on climate change. She is part of a team that's building an international network for those who see the need to address the more emotional and spiritual side of our current problems and is part of Extinction Rebellion Scotland.

To cover the cost of food and venue hire, tickets are priced at £17.50 for this evening event and all are welcome. Current Climate Challenge Fund grant recipients with available budget can claim back the cost of tickets by submitting a CCF claim in the usual way.

The event takes place from 17.00-20.00, 6 November 2019, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Find out more about the event here, or book tickets directly via Eventbrite here.

24 October 2019

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